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Photos: Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA

Mark Robbins shares photos from energetic performance by the New Orleans keyboardist and his band

Ibanda Ruhumbika with Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA
Bassist Barry Stephenson with Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA
Jon Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA
Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA
Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA
Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA
Saxophonist Eddie Barbash with Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA
Jonathan Batiste & Stay Human at The American Theater, Hampton, VA

Sitting at the grand piano, photographing his audience, Jonathan Batiste announced he didn’t want to look out from the stage and not see them dancing. Dance they did from start to finish with the young band ending up down on the theater floor weaving in and out of rows of seats among the hand clapping appreciative crowd until finally settling down in a row of their own and performing a jubilant version of “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

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